Police rely on alcohol breath tests to convict drunken drivers. But what happens when the machines they use aren’t reliable? Stacy Cowley of The New York Times looked into the problem of faulty breath test machines and found thousands of cases where the tests were thrown out. On this episode, Stacy breaks down how she discovered unreliable breath tests and the consequences they pose for real people.
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Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read The New York Times investigation into alcohol breath tests.
- Read the follow-up story on rolling retests.
- Watch “The Weekly” episode “Guilty by Machine” on Hulu.
- Sign up for IRE’s I-Team Toolkit newsletter for resources on investigative reporting for broadcast journalists.
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